New Han Solo movie details and this awesome first photo are enough to make your heart stop

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Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, kid—though, if this photo's any indication, it is a hell of a lot of fun. 

Lucasfilm released the above photo on Tuesday morning from the still-untitled Han Solo movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich, which started filming this month. Even more, the movie will hit a cineplex screen near you on May 25, 2018, according to Lucasfilm. 

The Disney subsidiary also confirmed a number of things you might've already suspected: 

Chewbacca will be in the movie (played by Joonas Suotamo, rather than the aging Peter Mayhew). So will the Millennium Falcon, with or without a few special modifications.

The movie will focus on Han and Chewie's adventures prior to the 1977 original Star Wars film, including "early encounters" with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Which makes it the second Star Wars prequel to enter the canon since Disney bought Lucasfilm (the first being 2016's Rogue One.) 

From left: Woody Harrelson, Christopher Miller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo, Phil Lord and Donald Glover.

From left: Woody Harrelson, Christopher Miller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo, Phil Lord and Donald Glover.

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Also now confirmed is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the British actor to Woody Harrelson's right, who's rumored to be playing a CGI character in the style of Alan Tudyk's K-2SO from Rogue One

Thandie Newton, best known as a host robot on HBO's Westworld, is also now confirmed in the cast—though apparently there wasn't enough room in the cockpit for her. 

“We can’t think of anything funny to say," said Phil Lord and Chris Miller, mirth-filled creators of the Lego Movie and now directors of the Han Solo picture. "We just feel really moved, and really lucky."

Little is known yet about the role Emilia Clarke (at center) will play, though the young scoundrel seems in need of a love interest. Woody Harrelson has said he will play a mentor from the seedy underworld of galactic smuggling.  

The father-and-son team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan wrote the script, meaning we can expect double the Empire Strikes Back-style sparkling dialogue. But for now, just take in the thousand words of joy that is the above photo, and hit the countdown clock: Only fifteen or so months until Solo finally gets his spotlight.

Topics: Entertainment, Movies, han solo, Star Wars

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